‘My Sister, the Serial Killer’ by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This book has been a literary favourite and a social media sensation. The story is set in Lagos, Nigeria during a corrupt and disruptive time for law and order. The author’s personal history with this town, being her hometown, gives an authentic and rich flavour to the writing. From the comfort of my Sydney, urban balcony when reading this book I can hear the trucks going along dusty roads and rain pelting so hard it breaks umbrellas. It is aRead more

PODCAST UPDATE! Intensity

Have a listen to the full review of Vanessa’s holiday reads: ‘Heather, The Totality’ by Matthew Weiner, ‘Ostro’ by Julia Busuttil Nishimuraand ‘Dunkirk’ by A.D. Divine on ABC Radio’s ‘Overnights’ featuring presenter Rod Quinn. ‘Heather, The Totality’ is the first book by television director Matthew Weiner (creator of the famous TV show Mad Men) and tells the short story of Heather, who’s energy and force can revolve the lives of those around her. ‘Ostro’ is a great new cookbook on theRead more

‘Beautiful Malice’ by Rebecca James

Genre: Fiction This read is a long time coming! I remember reading a great review of this book in the MUST READ section of a Women’s Weekly magazine back in 2010. Then, a few weeks ago I found a mysterious copy in my mother’s library and believed the universe was giving me a nudge to read it. This book is about Katherine, a 17 year old girl who has recently moved away from her shattered family to start afresh inRead more

Books on my Beside Table

University break is upon us! It’s a time to catch up on study and clock up some much needed sleep. For me, it’s also brings the air of freedom to read what I want. The air is warm and breezy here in Sydney at the moment….i.e. my absolute favourite time of year because it means Summer is coming which means Christmas is just around the corner! So this morning I donned some summer slacks and made a pile of booksRead more

‘The Parcel’ by Anosh Irani

Genre: Fiction This is a new release by an acclaimed and award-winning author and playwright Anoshi Irani was born and raised in Bombay, India until he moved to Vancouver in 1998. His novel ‘The Song of Kahunsha” was nominated for a number of awards and a bestseller in Canada, China and Italy. “The Parcel” has already been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. The storyRead more

Books on My Bedside Table

The pile gets higher as I’m developing a bad habit of starting too many books while halfway through others! Oh well…let’s see who made the cut 🙂 -‘The Berlin Novels’ by Christopher Isherwood. I was given this book by boyfriend when we were on a blind book date (we get an hour in a bookstore to choose a book for each other) This edition consists of two of Isherwood’s books: Mr Norris changes trains Goodbye to Berlin -‘Rich People Problem’Read more

‘Lycke’ by Mikaela Bley

Genre: Crime “Nordic noir” the most delicious name for a genre of fiction. Crime novels set in depths of Scandinavia are an ever increasing trend and, if my time working in a book store taught me anything, evokes some very loyal readers. ‘Lycke’ was my introduction into the genre and is a Swedish thriller and the first in the Ellen Tamm series. What was I expecting? I was expecting realism, with believable characters that highlight the complexity of human psychology.Read more